Region: Germany

Trademarks on true-to-life toy cars and buildings: Supreme Court confirms that there is no infringement

In a blow to logistics company Dachser, the court held that use of its trademarks on true-to-life replicas of a Dachser truck and warehouse did not constitute trademark infringement.

01 August 2023

Register Tracker Europe and North America: January-April 2023

Featured in Trademark register tracker

UK applicants filed 10% more trademark applications abroad in the first four months of 2023 than they did at the end of last year, Fovea IP data shows.

08 June 2023

Brand protection on Mastodon: what trademark professionals need to know

WTR explores what rights holders need to know about Mastodon, revealing concerning examples of brand impersonation on the platform’s biggest server.

12 December 2022

Germany: Trademark procedures and strategies

Featured in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2022/2023

Wilful trademark infringement is a crime and may be punished. The local public prosecutor’s office is empowered by the Federal Act of Criminal Procedure to commence proceedings on its own initiative or upon receiving a complaint. The possibilities of the rights holder to influence the investigation, including the speed at which it is conducted, are limited.

21 October 2022

The rise of the metaverse: what it means for brand owners

Featured in WTR Special Report Q3 2022: Brand protection 2027: Why trademark practitioners must prepare for the future now

Taylor Wessing’s Christian Tenkhoff and Sylvia Burgess-Tate delve into the metaverse and virtual reality to see what brands have been doing, what the online world could look like by 2027, how it could affect trademark law and what rights holders can do to prepare

27 September 2022

“A great team spirit” – how a close-knit Puma trademark team assists in the brand’s crypto push

With the Puma IP department being named Fashion, Cosmetics and Luxury Goods Team of the Year at the WTR Industry Awards, they look ahead to the sportwear brand entering the metaverse.

01 August 2022

“We are often betting on the future”: ResMed’s approach to IP protection and business collaboration

ResMed’s Michael Pinczuk and Keira Moore tell WTR how the patent and trademark teams collaborate for success.

27 July 2022

Gleiss Lutz heads to the metaverse; UKIPO announces interim head; Love Island counterfeit jibe goes viral – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Chinese trademark registrations reaching 40.4 million, the USPTO and US Copyright Office studying NFTs, and much more.

15 July 2022

Germany: preventive measures should be tailored to the market in which the rights holder operates

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting and Online Brand Enforcement: Global Guide 2022

A substantial problem in certain sectors (eg, fashion) is the rise of fake websites that are technically devised in a way that makes determining the acting party extremely difficult; the trail often leads to servers in opaque, faraway locations. In a number of such cases, the WHOIS registration records use of false or stolen identities.

15 April 2022

Tokopedia decries notorious market label; possible Porsche IPO; Crocs acquires HEYDUDE – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at BBC Studios joining the International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy, INTA hosting the entreprenuHERship legal clinic, and much more.

22 February 2022

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